IH Journal of Education and Development

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Genre matters in academic writing by Thomas Baker At the University of Michigan, a genre-based approach is used to teach academic writing (hereafter AW) (Swales and Feak, 1994, 2004) for graduate, nonnative students and undergraduate students (Feak, 2007).  According to Paltridge, its basic premise is that language is “functional ... through language we get things done” (pg ...

Discord or symphony: tips for orchestrating your lesson by Jonathan Lewsey A musician needs to master notes, chords, sequences and so on, in order to create a piece of music that is pleasant to the ear. A conductor must inspire, monitor and lead the performers in the orchestra in order to produce a symphony. Equally, the teacher ...

No news is bad news! By A. Majid Hayati One of the main problems that English as a foreign language (EFL) learners face is how to improve their language proficiency, in general, and speaking fluency, in particular. This is actually the concern of both EFL learners and instructors. In the same vein, many EFL learners at the ...

Debating in a Chilean 6TH Grade EFL Classroom By Thomas Baker Introduction By the end of November, my class of twenty-five 6th grade boys had finished their textbook and taken their final exams for the 2008 school year.  Every student had passed and would be going on to 7th grade.  But there were still three more weeks of ...

Introduction In a previous article I shared how extensive reading could be exploited to develop oral proficiency (Baker, 2007). Omaggio (1986) provided the definition of oral proficiency which served as my reference. Omaggio’s definion states, “oral proficiency includes the ability to communicate verbally in a functional and accurate way in the target language.” I included communicative ...

The ETPD that will be considered in this article stands for English through Personal Development. The first question to ask is why and the answer is simple - for surely there can be nothing more important in life. If we start with the assumption that ‘the main purpose of higher education is to facilitate and expand ...

An “old chestnut” is a subject or joke that has been repeated so many times that it is no longer funny or interesting. This is what I learnt from my Director (being from Australia, I’m lucky to even know what a chestnut is!), who wanted to discuss recurring issues that seem to plague even some ...

1 Introduction The idea of teachers’ life cycles isn’t new. I first became familiar with it when reading Amy Tsui’s book on expertise in teaching. The notion that teachers pass through a career cycle matched my own experience, and it helped to provide a useful way of thinking about supervising teachers, since my particular concern was ...

by Michael Berman Level: Pre-Intermediate / Intermediate Target Audience: Adults Language / Skills Focus: Listening, Speaking & 2nd Conditional Materials: Photocopies of the worksheets to hand out after the storytelling. IN CLASS Pre-listening: You could start with a brainstorming session to find out what the learners know about the place where the story comes from. The learners could be asked to prepare ...

Using Video: Theory By Sebastian Taylor The first of two articles on the role of video material in second language acquisition, and its practical use in the classroom. Following on from Mark Lowe’s recent article in issue 23 of the IH Journal, I thought it might be interesting to consider some of the theory behind, research into ...